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This day in sports history

By Compiled By Paul Montella

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Aug. 26 2011 10:16 p.m. MDT

Aug. 28

1908 — Fred McLeod wins the U.S. Open golf title with a one-stroke victory over Willie Smith in a playoff.

1922 — The oldest American international team golf match, the Walker Cup, is established with the United States beating Britain 8-4.

1949 — The United States wins the Davis Cup, beating Australia 4-1.

1956 — Australia sweeps the United States 5-0 to capture the Davis Cup.

1959 — Bye Bye Byrd sets a world record for the mile pace on a half-mile track in 1:57 4-5 at Roosevelt Raceway.

1976 — The Toronto Metros win the NASL championship with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Kicks.

1993 — Pinch-hitter Jeremy Hess' bases-loaded single with two outs in the sixth inning gives Long Beach, Calif. a 3-2 victory over Panama in the championship game of the Little League World Series.

1994 — Tiger Woods, 18, becomes the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, capturing the last three holes of his 36-hole title match against Trip Kuehne.

1995 — Monica Seles, plays in her first Grand Slam tournament in more than 2 1-2 years and beats Ruxandra Dragomir 6-3, 6-1 in first round of the U.S. Open.

1999 — South Africa's Penny Heyns, racing alone in a special 50-meter breaststroke time trial, breaks her eighth world record in 11 swims during the Pan Pacific championships. Heyns, who attempted the 50 after breaking three 100 and four 200 records in the past six weeks, clocks 30.83 seconds to beat her 30.95 set at the Goodwill Games in New York last August. Twelve records are broken — at least one in seven straight days — in the pool to be used for the 2000 Summer Games.

2005 — Michael Memea's home run in the bottom of the seventh caps a stunning comeback to give West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, the Little League World Series title. Memea's solo shot gave his team a 7-6 win over the defending champions from Willemstad, Curacao, and was the first game-ending home run in a Little League championship game.

2008 — In one of the biggest upsets in the sport's history, top-seeded Ana Ivanovic is ousted from the U.S. Open. Ivanovic is beaten by 188th-ranked Julie Coin 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round. Never before in the Open era that began in 1968 had the No. 1 woman lost this early in the tournament.

2009 — Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva bounces back from losing her world title by setting a world record of 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches in the Weltklasse meet in Zurich.

Aug. 29

1885 — John L. Sullivan wins the first world heavyweight title under the Marquess of Queensbury rules when he beats Dominic McCaffrey in six rounds.

1962 — A.C.'s Viking, driven by Sanders Russell, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.

1973 — Flirth, driven by Ralph Baldwin, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats.

1974 — Nineteen-year-old high school basketball star Moses Malone, signs a contract with the Utah Stars of the ABA to become the first player to go directly from high school into major professional basketball.

1987 — Charlie Whittingham becomes the first trainer to surpass 500 stakes wins when he sent Ferdinand to victory in the Cabrillo Handicap at Del Mar Racetrack.

1993 — Laffit Pincay Jr. wins the 8,000th race of his career aboard El Toreo in the seventh race at Del Mar racetrack to become the second thoroughbred jockey to ride 8,000 winners.

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